Unit A1 – Notes & the Stave

In this unit students will learn:

  • the musical alphabet
  • their finger numbers
  • about the stave, and treble and bass clefs
  • the notes middle C – G in the treble clef
  • the notes F – middle C in the bass clef

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Visit: Unit A2, Unit A3, Unit A4, Unit A5, Unit A6, Unit A8, Unit A10, End of Unit
Go To: Stage B


Flash Cards

Stage A Note Flash Cards
Set of note flash cards for middle C – G (treble clef) and F – middle C (bass clef). The cards also have a reverse side so you should print back to back (for us it works to select print on short edge).

Stage A Keyboard Flash Cards
Set of keyboard flash cards showing the location on the keyboard of middle C – G (treble clef) and F – middle C (bass clef). There is a reverse side so be careful when printing.

Finger Number Flash Cards
A selection of finger number flash cards that you can use to develop knowledge of and connect with finger numbers. (Reverse side)


Activities

  • Using finger number flash cards, ask students to tap out finger patters on the lid of the piano. These finger patterns could relate to a piece you are going to use. Alternatively, ask students to tap out a piece on the lid of the piano before playing it on the keys.
  • Ask students to play all keys of a specific letter on the piano (as an extension to this ask them to play loud/soft, or with some other characteristic)
  • Ask students to write in finger numbers or letter names for the pieces they are learning. Alternatively ask them to highlight all notes of a particular letter on the page. I like to use Frixion Highlighters for this.
  • Ask students to write particular notes on a music whiteboard (like this one) or manuscript paper. You could give them just a letter name to draw or play a note on the piano. New notes can be written on the whiteboard and then propped up next to the piece they are learning
  • Flashnote Derby iPad game (currently £4.99). Select two or more notes for students to identify.

Vibrant Music Teachers

  • Finger Twister, Tippy Taps, and Wiggles and Waggles all help to reinforce finger numbers and connect number with action.
  • Keyboard Builder gives students the chance to display their knowledge of the pattern of black keys on the piano. Piano Builder is a slightly more challenging version of this game.
  • Lions, Tigers, and Bears can help to reinforce the link between the staff, the letter, and the piano key. Make sure you select the appropriate cards for the stage!
  • Jungle Jump tests knowledge of Stage A letter names (middle C position).

Study for Five

  • Finger numbers are tested in Finger Painting, Ant Climb, and Nails & Jems (all Piano Theory Funtime pack).

Worksheets
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A4 Stave and Symbols reverseA4 Stage and Symbols


Stage A Symbols and The Stave

  • Basics of the stave
  • Symbols learned at Stage

Note worksheets:

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External worksheets

Enjoy Piano have made two sets of worksheets available as free downloads from their website. Click the links below to visit the relevant blog posts.

Bass Clef (Stage A Notes)
Treble Clef (Stage A Notes)